French Police Seen Forcing Woman to Remove 'Burkini' As Her Daughter Cries

The administrative court in Nice ruled on Monday that the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet was "necessary, appropriate and proportionate" to prevent public disorder after the truck attack in Nice and the murder of a Catholic priest by two jihadists in northern France.

Sarkozy says if he wins, he will ban every visible religious sign in French universities.

Recently, France came under fire by activists for prohibiting Muslim women from wearing the body-concealing Islamic swimsuit burkini, and forcing Muslim women wearing it to strip in 15 seaside towns where the ban is imposed. The 34-year-old woman said she had been "wearing a classic headscarf" and that she did not plan to swim that day.

File photo taken on August 19, 2016 shows the bylaw forbidding women to wear Burkini at the Ponchettes beach, in Nice, southeastern France.

She told Sky News: "We were stopped by three police officers and they read out a decree that had been set up by the Mayor of Cannes, relating to what I was wearing, which apparently was not right".

On his post on Twitter, Andrew Stroehlein, European Media Director of Human Rights Watch, slammed the enforcing of the ban in such a away, asking, "How many armed policemen does it take to force a woman to strip in public?" The protest is against the French authorities clampdown on Muslim women wearing burkinis on the beach.

Photographs of one incident where at least four armed police officers confronted a woman on a beach, reportedly fined her and made her remove clothing attracted widespread criticism on social media.

Camilla, 30, showed her support, "I'm here because I am really angry about the amount of Islamaphobia that I see in society". One witness even said Siam's daughter, who was nearby as this was happening, was crying.

Likewise, "Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are now the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order". I think they have misunderstood a garment that is so positive - it symbolises leisure and happiness and fun and fitness and health and now they are demanding women get off the beach and back into their kitchens?

The Labour politician told the London Evening Standard newspaper: "I'm quite firm on this".

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